This season I had set a goal to complete the World Cup Ski Mountaineering circuit, and do the best I could in the sprint events. In a competition season that begins in mid december and ends early May, it is not uncommon to miss a race here due to illness or there due to fatigue or other commitments.
I set my goal of completing the entire world cup circuit and have worked consistently to stay on track. Currently my overall world cup ranking is 14th out of 48 women and my overall sprint ranking is 3rd.
Vertical races are not my favorite but they do favor consistency and that is what I have set out to be.
It was not an easy turn around from the World Cup in Italy the prior weekend to get home, unpack the bags, remotivate and repack to head to Andorra, a small land-locked Principal in the Pyrenees. None the less, I thought of my goals, tried to refuel for the next step….Andorra!
I enjoyed some celebrations at home with my family
Some well needed ski tours in the mountains to refuel….the passion and the pleasure of the sport
And enjoying some skate skiing with my lil’ B
While I was in Andorra, Anders enjoyed his own skate skiing..
In Andorra, the organizers put on a great weekend of racing despite the weather conditions with high avi danger.
The vertical was a grind as usual, a desperately hard push of 600 meters of climbing in hot weather, but I got it done and am stronger for it.
The individual race course was changed due to the avi danger. For me my best part was the start….where I found myself in the top 3 women even though I did not start fast at all. After that I was not a fan of the 2 loop course. It caused a lot of crowding and difficulty to pass, but none the less I was Happy to be there!
A big thanks to the organizers to be so welcoming to all the athletes!
It was a quick turn around sunday to catch the bus and then a plane home, only the bus hit very heavy traffic and I did in fact miss my plane home! When one door closes, another opens….Breathe and enjoy the moment. It was a good meditating moment.
I was sad not to get home that night to see my family but then decided to take the opportunity to discover Barcelona, a city I had never seen. Live in the present…
The next day I explored the city, had a cup of coffee at my American cafe, Starbucks and wandered through the amazing open air market full of fresh produce.
Needless to say, I was very happy to make it home that evening, eventually, after more plane delays and tuck my boys in for bed.
Next world cup, Tromso, Norway mid april!!